PFAS substances fill a greatly appreciated role in our modern life, as demonstrated by their prevalence. A strategic direction that will be linked to our efforts is the development of safer alternative compounds that can be used instead of PFAS. Our proposed modeling approaches, infrastructure and green chemistry framework would help determine appropriate substances to develop further as replacement PFAS substances. Given MSU’s reputation in packaging science, this research direction could further augment MSU’s national standing and lead to the development of intellectual property.
The center strives to tackle issues related to PFAS exposure, transport, hazard, risk, remediation and developing PFAS alternatives, including:
- Position ourselves to be competitive for grants, as well as foundations and international initiatives, but also eventually pursuing larger center grants.
- Develop intellectual property in the form of novel technologies related to remediation.
- Use our expertise to develop retrospective and prospective risk assessment. With prospective risk assessment we will setup a framework for “green chemistry” allowing us to explore the development of alternative substances to PFAS, e.g. for packaging purposes and this could also lead to the development of novel substances and intellectual property and foster relationships with industry.
- Address big data issues related to drinking water, natural resources, and agriculture by developing the infrastructure and expertise required to interrogate questions with a big data focus.
- Develop a strong working relationship with the State government to tackle this complicated and challenging issue that intersects with many aspects of the State and MSU AgBioResearch missions.
- Remain flexible and nimble to be responsive to the needs of various stakeholders, and diverse enough to secure funding from numerous sources.
- Develop a world-class diagnostic and testing lab to test for PFAS substances in multiple media, including drinking water, wastewater, biosolids and agricultural products.